While the GWOT (Global War on Terror) rages on, so does the job of detaining some of the captives of the US. And the military designated some of the worst of them for being held inside the US Navy’s base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The detainees, many of whom have been held there for over a decade, have been photographed by the Red Cross to connect with their families. The military doesn’t release any of the photos but frequently their families or lawyers do.
In the photos shown, a brief bio is shown on each detainee. Many have refused repatriation to their homes in the Middle East. Several have already been released and have settled elsewhere.
They smile, they pose, they adorn their prison camp uniforms with familiar items from home. Since 2009, the Pentagon has permitted the International Committee of the Red Cross to photograph Guantánamo’s captives — not for public consumption but to connect with family after years apart. While the Red Cross, in keeping with its confidential work, does not release these images to the public, the prisoners’ lawyers and families do. The Miami Herald has amassed this unusual collection to show portraits of these men posing on their own terms behind the razor wire at the U.S. Navy base prison in southeast Cuba.
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